Welcome to all the new NUHS students! I hope you had a wonderful
first week of classes. Also, welcome back to all the
returning NUHS students!
For me, this is the start of my final trimester for my MSOM. I
am filled with anticipation and excitement to see what this
trimester will bring. This trimester, I am taking my boards and
exit exam in addition to completing my classes for my
NUHS faculty member HB Kim
For many upper trimester MSOM degree (herbal) students, this
weekend was the beginning of HB Kim's Herbal Treatment Strategy
seminar. I blogged about HB Kim, LAc, and his accomplishments a few
trimesters ago. He is the author of several books used by the AOM
students at NUHS. He has two seminars offered in the NUHS AOM
curriculum. One seminar is Acupuncture Treatment Strategies (blogged about
previously) and the Herbal Treatment Strategy seminar. These
seminars are crucial for furthering students' knowledge and
understanding on acupuncture and herbs. HB Kim has a gift for
helping students build on the knowledge already gathered. He helps
us advance what we have already learned and built upon, prepares us
for board exams and expands our clinical knowledge. I believe his
seminars are instrumental for preparing us for board
Most herbal students have been looking forward to this seminar
since the beginning of the herbal part of the NUHS program. As the
pictures illustrate, everyone is in a pleasant mood and happy to be
participating in this seminar. Through the intellect of HB Kim, we
are being taught the intricate details of single herbs and herbal
formulas. Chinese herbs are written in pinyin, Latin, and English.
The way Chinese herbs are used and administered is very different
from biomedical pharmaceuticals. That stated, many students have
felt overwhelmed and intimidated by learning Chinese herbs during
some point of their education. I can think of two distinct moments
I strongly contemplated dropping herbs from my degree. I am very
thankful I decided against that idea.
In my opinion, Chinese herbs are instrumental in aiding the
patients' health and progress. There are many conditions that the
combination of Chinese herbs and acupuncture can successfully
treat. The advancement in the patients' well being often happens
rather quickly when herbs and acupuncture are combined.
Additionally, herbs and acupuncture are able to restore well being
to some conditions that biomedicine is unable to affect or takes a
long process of taking biomedical prescriptions.
Being in this seminar is aiding me, and all of the students, in
how to further compartmentalize and deeply understand the usage and
theory of herbs. It feels very satisfying to be participating in
this seminar with my peers, especially given the struggles most
students experienced initially in the herbal classes.
One of the benefits of being an NUHS AOM student is having the
privilege of taking seminars taught by HB Kim. HB Kim is a
brilliant man who has conceptualized many patterns and concepts of
acupuncture and oriental medicine. He has written several books and
articles including Handbook of Oriental Medicine and
Minibook of Oriental Medicine. He has a forum on www.hbkimforum.com where many of his
articles can be located.
I took my first seminar taught by HB Kim
this weekend--Acupuncture Treatment Strategies. I learned a great
deal. I feel he took what I have been learning and fit the
knowledge into patterns that I did not see before, and I feel that
I learned many new concepts as well. Kim's seminar has shown me
that AOM is a vast medicine that in some ways has little ceiling to
what it can treat and how it can be combined.
While I thoroughly enjoy being an AOM student, the combination
of recent stressors and demands of school has caused school to feel
a bit worrisome at times. This weekend's seminar reminded me why I
fell in love with AOM. It helped me rekindle my passion for the
medicine that has been there, but had less of a flicker lately due
to recent events.
The information taught in the seminar reminded me that thousands
of years of knowledge and practice have been combined through many
great minds and masters of oriental medicine to bring us where we
are today. I have been reminded that through the simple use of
needles and herbs, combined with a strong knowledge base and skill
set, patients heal and lives change. While I realize that is not
always the case, it is nice to know it occurs much of the time and
is the goal we are striving towards.
Another aspect of this weekend's seminar that was very nice was
the fellowship of my classmates. It was so wonderful to be learning
in an environment that is based on encouragement and positivity.
Each class began at 8am, which feels rather early for a weekend. It
was comforting to be surrounded with good friends who were excited
to be learning the information together. Every student was there to
learn and was eager to gain the knowledge HB Kim was sharing. Being
surrounded by colleagues in this environment is so beneficial when
learning new information.
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